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Has anyone had an issue regarding this when purchasing a house. Vendor has removed a wall to enable an open plan kitchen / living room area.

Not a structural supporting wall, but appears no buildings permission was taken. I believe buildings permission is needed?

Heard this is common and ways to address are either taking an (1) indemnity policy out or (2) applying for post-work approval for the work. Has anyone experience of (1) and (2) in terms of costs and experiences?


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You need to investigate carefully, the building regulations governing kitchens are complicated because of the fire risk, and they're pretty inflexible too. I've had all sorts of issues with this in the past and I'd be cautious, there are some bodges that can be easily rectified, but bodges in this area can make a property unsafe, uninsurable, and unsaleable.

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Interesting thread. I'm thinking of doing something similar to my place. I'm thinking the easiest way to deal with it might be to blur the lines a little. Rather than make it completely open plan, put up a removable room divider. It could be something like giant sliding doors (easy & cheap to have put up and lots of nice choices these days), a half wall with a folding door on the upper part which spans the entire length when closed etc...

Would be good to hear from someone who knows what they're talking about. What qualifies as dividing wall?

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